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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 09:18
HP targeted reporters before they published
By Ina Fried and Jim Kerstetter
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: September 19, 2006, 8:45 PM PDT
 

Hewlett-Packard's surveillance of CNET News.com reporters began before a key story was published and, following that story, expanded to include bogus e-mail tips and physical surveillance, government investigators have told the reporters involved.

HP began tracking the phone records of CNET News.com reporter Dawn Kawamoto on Jan. 17, Kawamoto said she was told on Tuesday. That was about a week after a January strategy meeting for directors and executives, but six days before News.com published its Jan. 23 story about the meeting.

News.com reporter Tom Krazit also was told by investigators that his personal phone records were accessed on Jan. 20, the same day he called HP spokesman Robert Sherbin for comment about the board meeting. In records provided by HP to government investigators regarding its leak hunt, there is a notation that says Krazit made a "call to BS (presumably Sherbin) for comment." The story was published three days later.

It has been widely thought that HP reignited and intensified a nearly yearlong leak probe after that story published, but the account given to Krazit and Kawamoto suggests HP had in place the means to quickly track down private phone records before publication of that or other articles.... more on this


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